Make a plan

In my work, I travel around the country and meet countless people. Those who attend my seminars are in search of something better. Here are the most common wishes expressed to me:

“I want to be wealthy.”
“I wish I had the ambition to get to the next level.”
“I just want to experience happiness and serenity in my life.”
“I’d like to be smarter.”
“I wish I weren’t so bored.”
“I’d love to rediscover my health, energy, and vitality.”

And, whether spoken or unspoken, the end statement is “but I can’t.”

There is no mystery to achieving goals, but most people don’t take the necessary steps. And the first one is this: Plan

A coach does not lead his team into a big game without a strategy, a plan to maximize his players’ skills and strengths and the weaknesses of the other team.

A builder does not walk onto a job site and start constructing a house without a blueprint.

So why would you tackle your future without first establishing a plan to make the most of your time, talents, and opportunities? If you want to become wealthy, create a wealth plan. If you want more joy in your life, craft a happiness plan. Determine those things that will make you wealthier or happier and determine a strategy and schedule to incorporate them into your life.

It’s time to embark on a “can do” plan, to ignite those sparks that once fueled your achievements. As trite as it might sound, it’s not that you planned to fail, but that you failed to plan. Start right now. Look at those goals that have eluded you. Build a plan with specific tasks for actively pursuing the end result you desire.

Then take step 2: Act on your plan. But that’s another post for another day.…

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